Adaptive Technology

Binghamton University has a variety of adaptive and assistive technology available for use by students with disabilities.  

The following overview provides an introduction to campus adaptive and assistive technologies.

Adaptive Technology Rooms (ATRs)

SSD maintains Adaptive Technology Room computer labs in:

  • Glenn G. Bartle Library - located on the first, third and fourth floor
  • Academic A Building - room G-06B
  • University Downtown Center Library

Students interested in accessing the ATR's must meet with the Adaptive Technology Specialist to obtain authorization to use them.

CONTACT: Nazely Kurkjian
PHONE: 607-777-2686

Adaptive/Assistive Software

The computers located in the ATR labs, the Science Library, Science 2 (rooms 134 & 135), and the West Pod (S3 room 613) support:

Kurzweil 3000/Firefly

All students registered with SSD are eligible for Kurzweil 3000. If you are interested in receiving a username and password to use Kurzweil 3000/Firefly, contact the Adaptive Technology Specialist.

  • Web-based educational software that allows students to access their files from anywhere, including the Firefly website:
  • Allows students to hear text read aloud to facilitate comprehension.
  • Students are able to choose from a variety of voices to hear the text read, as well as convert the audio to an MP3 format.
  • Reads documents in PDF, MS Word, EPUB and KESI formats.
  • Mac and PC version available. Program can be downloaded from the Internet or there is an install disk in the SSD office.

Kurzweil How-To Videos 

In addition to Kurzweil 3000, the computers located in the ATR labs support the following assistive software programs:

Adobe Reader

  • Reads aloud PDF documents.
  • This software is free and available on every Binghamton University computer.

Dragon Naturally Speaking


  • Software that pairs a powerful screen magnifier with a screen reader to assist students with low vision.


  • Screen-reading software designed for use by blind or visually impaired students.
  • JAWS is compatible with external Braille hardware components such as Braille Note.

CCTV magnifier

  • Device that allows for magnification of reading materials.
  • Includes color contrast feature for individuals who are light sensitive.

Assistive Devices

Phonak Portable Assistive Listening Units

  • A limited number of FM systems - Roger MyLink Receiver and Roger Inspiro FM Transmitter - are available for loan by students per semester. 
  • A professor's voice can be amplified for a student with a hearing impairment through the use of a lapel microphone, transmitter, and receiver.

 Smart Pens

  • The Echo smartpen is a digital note-taking tool that allows you to record and play back everything you write and hear. 
  • Smartpens are available for loan by students per semester.

Last Updated: 9/23/15